Part-time Library Assistant – Corsicana Campus

POSITION PURPOSE:

This is a part-time evening position. Under the general supervision of the Dean of Libraries, the Library Assistant for Evenings performs semi-technical library work and provides information services during evening hours at the Richard M. Sanchez Library on the Corsicana campus.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Supervises student workers
  • Work cooperatively with other staff members to manage main desk and computer lab
  • Gives general information to the public by phone and e-mail
  • Ensures that all equipment is kept in working order and that necessary supplies are  on order at all times
  • Monitors computers and troubleshoots problems
  • Requires ability to use a number of the functions of the library’s online catalog/management system, e.g., charging and discharging books, creating and updating patron records, placing and removing holds, receiving fines and crediting payment, issuing overdue notices, etc.
  • Refers patrons with in-depth reference queries to one of the professional librarians as necessary
  • Answers basic directional and reference questions posed by patrons
  • Effectively engages patrons to precisely define and address their needs
  • Directs patrons to various parts of the library, e.g., the circulating collection, reference collection, computer lab, etc.
  • Aids library patrons in locating specifically requested items, e.g., books, videos, recordings, etc.
  • Assists patrons in submitting intercampus and interlibrary loan requests
  • Offers basic instruction in searching online catalogs and databases
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Den of Libraries

REQUIRED EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:

Required:

  • High School diploma
  • Will consider any equivalent combination of experience and education, which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Preferred:

  • Associate Degree or two (2) years of college
  • Two (2) years of experience in a library or in learning resource center

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:

  • Basic knowledge of search techniques using the internet, licensed databases, online catalogs, etc.
  • Must exhibit poise, tact, and professional competence in interactions with students, faculty, staff, and other library patrons
  • Must have a firm grasp of when it is appropriate to refer patrons to the professional library staff for assistance
  • Must have the interpersonal skills necessary to offer help and instruction to patrons with widely varying levels of experience of and familiarity with library materials and services
  • Understanding of and willingness to comply with library and college policies and procedures
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Must be self-directed; able to work without supervision and independently develop efficient approaches to assigned tasks
  • Must be extremely detail-oriented, organized, and methodical
  • Must be able to handle a number of tasks simultaneously
  • Must be able to work collaboratively with co-workers
  • Must be able to engage with patrons in such a way as to determine precisely what their needs are and then assess the most effective means of addressing those needs
  • Basic understanding of fundamental library principles, methods, techniques, and procedures
  • Good keyboarding skills and the ability to operate a computer to organize and retrieve information
  • Proficient in use of MS Office applications
  • Ability to maintain a professional demeanor in all working relationships
  • Ability to employ basic analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Must be alert to the needs of students with disabilities and assist them in an efficient, thoughtful and caring manner
  • Basic knowledge of the Library of Congress classification system

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Variances from regular working hours may be necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of the position.
  • Busy working environment with numerous interruptions.
  • Must be available to work evenings.

REPORTS TO:  Dean of Libraries

SALARY:  $9.00 per hour / 19 hours per week.

APPLICATION DEADLINE DATE:  Open Until Filled